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Genital herpes outbreaks slowly increase in intensity, with symptoms becoming gradually severe. However, for most individuals, the first outbreak is the most powerful.
According to the CDC, genital Herpes is the most common infection in the United States. The prevalence of the disease has seen a tremendous increase due to HSV-1. The HSV-1 condition occurs typically during childhood and can be acquired orally (CDC, 2022).
Genital Herpes caused by HSV-2 is more common in women. The disease can be transmitted through skin-to-skin contact during sexual activity.
Genital Herpes can be transferred from one individual by sexual contact through genital, anal, or oral routes.
Two types of Herpes simplex virus cause Genital Herpes.
Both of these viruses are unable to survive at room temperature. Hence it can’t be spread via surfaces.
Infected individuals that showcase no signs or symptoms of the disease are called asymptomatic. These patients have the highest chance of transferring the viral infection.
On the contrary, symptomatic people may experience itching, blisters, and sores in the genitals, mouth, and anus. The symptoms gradually worsen, and the frequency of the disease's outbursts increases.
The initial outbreak can last up to two to four weeks before the symptoms disappear (Jewell, 2022).
The first waves of symptoms experienced by infected individuals are:
Herpes symptoms in women can vary from person to person. A doctor can assess your sexual history and symptoms if you have genital Herpes or any other infection.
The samples collected from your blisters or sores are for lab analysis. These samples can undergo a variety of lab tests to diagnose you for genital Herpes. Your health practitioner will recommend the best testing method for your case.
Blood plasma is rarely used as a primary test. However, it can be used to detect if any other illness is present.
The diagnosis is confirmed by:
Genital Herpes is untreatable but can be managed. Antiviral drugs can help alleviate the following symptoms:
Genital Herpes can be prevented by the same methods of prevention used in other sexually transmitted diseases.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of genital herpes, you should contact a medical professional immediately. Cura4U allows you to select the physician and time of your choice and book an appointment at your leisure! Visit Cura4U and book your appointment with an American Board-certified physician today!
Our clinical experts continually monitor the health and medical content posted on CURA4U, and we update our blogs and articles when new information becomes available. Last reviewed by Dr. Saad Zia on May 2nd, 2023.